2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Jul 10, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

ENG 242 - Introduction to Shakespeare


Description: Survey of selected works of William Shakespeare's literature from multiple genres of plays, poems, and sonnets.

Prerequisites: ENG 101  or ENG 103 . Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Characteristic elements of literature (theme, figurative language, characterization) and introduction to genres (tragedies, comedies, histories, sonnets, poems)
  2. Tools and methods of literary criticism and scholarly research
  3. Geographical, historical, and social influences on Shakespeare's literature including issues of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and sexuality
  4. Universal themes in Shakespeare's literature
  5. Adaptations and performances of Shakespeare's work (live theater or film)

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Define key literary terms, and apply them to the study of selected works of Shakespeare's literature including genres of plays (tragedies, histories, and comedies), poems, and sonnets. (1) 
  2. Apply the tools and methods of literary criticism and scholarly research to selected works of Shakespeare's literature. (2) 
  3. Discuss and analyze historical, political, economic, religious and social influences of Shakespeare, including issues of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. (3)
  4. Identify universal themes in Shakespeare's literature. (4)
  5. Analyze possible interpretations of text through reading and viewing plays. (5)

Required Assessment:
1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2500 words of monitored writing.